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Old 08-15-2016, 01:41 PM   #1
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Urgent Hatch Glass Replacement - any ideas?

Hey there,

Unfortunately the worst window that could have possibly broken on my touring, broke on the freeway the other day. I don't know how it happened but my rear hatch glass just shattered on I90. So, I need to replace it and FAST, does anybody have a website or possibly a spare I can purchase from them, I'll even buy the whole hatch if I need to.

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Old 08-15-2016, 02:08 PM   #2
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Good luck.

If you end up with a whole hatch I'd be interested in buying one of your diversity antenna amplifiers from under the spoiler. I suspect that mine isn't working properly causing short range for the key fob unlocking, and buying a brand new one is an expensive test.
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Old 08-15-2016, 02:21 PM   #3
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For sure, I think I have found a few hatches but we'll see. I'm about to call a junkyard in Oregon to see if they have one as well, if I find a hatch, if anyone needs parts from it let me know in a PM. Thanks!
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Old 08-15-2016, 05:09 PM   #4
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I found a hatch and it happened to be the ONLY hatch in WA & OR with glass still in it, so it should be here this Friday or Saturday. It's Forest Green so if you need touring hatch parts let me know.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:34 PM   #5
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So I guess I was incorrect about getting just the glass replaced Which is weird because it can be done on other cars.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:43 PM   #6
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Yeah if you have a touring, good luck finding used/aftermarket glass. All of the glass shops I called said that they couldn't find an aftermarket maker of the hatch glass and the ones who said they would even do the work said they were going to order an OEM piece of glass. In terms of doing the replacement, that can be done by anybody because the glass just bolts on. I think I'll write a DIY for glass lid removal and replacement in case someone has to do it or wants pictures of things being taken apart in case they have to get in there for something. I ended up forking out $500 for a whole hatch from a forest green 325iT.
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Old 08-31-2016, 07:07 PM   #7
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I went through this last year. A tree fell through mine. I was quoted $1200 installed but it even turns out they don't have any new ones anywhere in the US. I had to LKQ and it came from friggen canada! $300 installed at least.
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Old 08-31-2016, 07:25 PM   #8
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Hopefully after selling the remainder parts I can approach the $300 range, haha. sof ar I've only sold the FZV antenna
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